Rams should take notes from Lions rebuilding years
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 17: Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) By Rob Carr
ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- The Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz can relate to the position that St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is in -- taking over a miserable team.
The Lions hired Schwartz in 2009 to lead the franchise, which had lost all 16 games the season before, in the only direction it could go -- up.
Keeping in mind the lessons he learned from Fisher and Bill Belichick, Schwartz kept his plan despite only winning a total of eight games during his first two seasons as head coach in Detroit.
“We were 2-14 the first year and the next year we started 2-10 and the most difficult thing to do in professional sports is to stick with a plan when you’re not experiencing immediate gratification,” Schwartz said.
Last season the same plan used in both season prior paid off in 2011 for the Lions when the team won 10 games, the most since 1995, and made the playoffs for the first time since 1999. It was an accomplishment that was credited to sticking with the plan, according to Schwartz.
On Sunday, Schwartz’s Lions will battle Fisher’s Rams to begin the 2012 season with two different goals in mind. For the Lions, continue the success and reach the playoffs. For the Rams, build the confidence of the young team’s mind.
Schwartz believes that Fisher is the perfect guy to right the nearly sunken ship in St. Louis.
“He (Fisher) has an incredible amount of experience. He doesn’t panic. The team takes a lot of their cues from him. He played in the league. He’s been a great coach for a long period of time. He’s got longevity. I think St. Louis is really, really lucky to have him,” Schwartz said. “It will be an honor to coach against him.”